School board opposes plan for proposed Monrovia High School

School board opposes plan for proposed Monrovia High School

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Madison County School Board opposed Superintendent Matt Massey's plan for a new Monrovia High School in a 3-2 vote.

"It's definitely a setback," said Massey.

Thursday, the school board struck down Massey's plan to split Sparkman High School.

Under his plan, Sparkman High School would house 9th and 10th graders, and the new Monrovia High School would house 11th and 12th graders, but county leaders think differently.

"We got 46 million dollars to build a high school we're talking several years later they're 20 percent complete on the design when the other schools have been utilized for more than two years," said Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong.

County Commission Chairman Dale Strong has been outspoken about a new school being built.

"It's time to get the facts on the table and let the school board truly know what's going on," said Strong.

Massey feels this plan benefits the community and also avoids any issues with rezoning district lines.

"If there's a scenario that's a win-win for both communities, that's what needs to happen here no matter what," said Massey.

Massey announced Wednesday the continuation of plans for the future of the new Monrovia High School.

Massey said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that plans are to go ahead with plans to construct a new school building, and that once completed, there will be two split campuses.

"We would not be separating 'haves' from 'have-nots,'" Massey assured parents. "The diversity of the student population would remain intact, and the community and its relationships would not be split apart."

The new Monrovia High School is proposed to be built at the corner of Pine Grove Road and Wall Triana Highway.

Massey said that the new school is currently in the design phase. Because the school system is under a federal desegregation order, they must submit their plans to the Department of Justice for approval before moving forward.

Massey said that submission happened in July, and now they are waiting for a response.

Massey said he hopes to be in front of a judge so the plans can be signed off as early as next month. Construction would then take about two years to complete.

Before voting Thursday the school board got input from the community.

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